Exterior Dimensions Of The 2023 Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos Exterior Dimensions

How big is the new Kia Seltos compact SUV?

The 2023 Kia Seltos just went on sale in the United States, so let’s have a closer look at its exterior dimensions and ground clearance measurements.

Initial Kia Seltos reviews suggest that this is a refined and good-looking compact SUV. It comes available with an attractive starting MSRP, a wide range of standard safety and infotainment features, as well as the option for AWD.

You are going to hear all about those details from a variety of different sources, but what you might not hear are the dimensions of the 2023 Kia Seltos. More than just a batch of numbers, these dimensions may help you decide, if this is the vehicle you need to suit your lifestyle.

What is the size of Kia Seltos?

Take a look at the table we have created that clearly shows all the important exterior dimensions of Kia Seltos.


While the Seltos is categorized as a small SUV, it’s really not that small. Cabin and trunk space are big, with passengers in front and back sure to be comfortable.

At 172 inches long and 70.9 inches wide, the Kia Seltos certainly doesn’t feel small. Those dimensions make the Seltos larger than most of its competitors in this segment, which helps explain why 5 adults can fit inside so comfortably.

Kia’s official numbers show that the Seltos offers front passengers 41.4 inches of legroom, 55.5 inches in shoulder space, and 40 inches of headroom (without sunroof).

In back, the space is arguably the most accommodating in class, with passengers getting 38 inches in legroom, 38.4 inches in headroom, and 54.7 inches in shoulder space.

Kia Seltos ground clearance, cargo size

  • Ground clearance: 7.2 inches
  • Cargo capacity with rear seats upright: 26.6 cu. ft.
  • Cargo capacity with rear seats folded: 62.8 cu. ft.
  • Gasoline tank: 50L (13.2 gallons)
  • Seltos color options: 12

You really need to stop focusing on the “small” description of this SUV, as it pushes outside those limits in both passenger and cargo space. With the rear seats in place, the 2023 Kia Seltos provides up to 26.6 cu. ft. (498 liters) of cargo space, which can be further expanded with the rear seats reclined.

The Seltos boasts a 7.2 inches (183 mm) of ground clearance. That’s not a huge clearance, but enough for some mild off-road adventures!

The overall weight of the Kia Seltos comes in at 1.4 tons, while the gas tank holds 50L of fuel.

What segment does the 2023 Kia Seltos land in?

The official designation for the Kia Seltos is as a compact SUV, but that does not adequately describe what this vehicle delivers in terms of passenger and cargo space.

In the US, the Kia line-up features 5 different SUV’s and crossovers. From smallest to largest, those vehicles are the Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento and Telluride. The Seltos SUV is bigger than the Soul crossover and slides in-between the Kia Niro hybrid and the Sportage SUV.

To make things a little easier to understand, we have created a comparison table that clearly shows where the Seltos fits within the Kia family.

  • The Kia Seltos measurements in the table are posted in “inches”


  1. Kevin Higginson says:

    Great article, showing that the Seltos could be an alternative to a Merc GLB.
    The one yoU are missing from your list is the one you Americans want, the XCeed. It is almost identical in size and would be seen as an alternative to the BMW X2 or Merc GLA.

  2. Jamayl Agomo says:

    I like what I see but I hope the name is region locked and can think of a more attractive name besides “Seltos.” That name just isnt US standards. I understand wanting to name all your SUVS starting with “S” BUT “Seltos” is pushing it.

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